Health ministry expects expects to receive 2,500 Ambu bags-govt

25Jun 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Health ministry expects expects to receive 2,500 Ambu bags-govt

MINISTRY of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children expects to receive 2,500 Ambu bags, kits for children born with breathing problems, the House heard yesterday.

deputy minister, Faustine Ndugulile.

A bag valve mask, abbreviated to BVM and sometimes known by the proprietary name Ambu bag or generically as a manual resuscitator or "self-inflating bag", is a hand-held device commonly used to provide positive pressure ventilation to patients who are not breathing or not breathing adequately.

The revelation was made here yesterday by the deputy minister, Faustine Ndugulile while responding to a question by Special Seats MP, Taska Mbogo(CCM).

The lawmaker had wanted to know what the government was doing to help Katavi region residents who need the breathing aid kits.

“There is increasing cases of children with breathing difficulties in Katavi. What is the government doing to assist them? She asked.

The deputy minister noted that the envisaged kits will be distributed in different hospitals in the country, including those in Katavi region.

He added that the distribution of the bags is coordinated by the Medical Stores Department (MSD) whereby health facilities in the region have been earmarked to benefit.

“ Let remind the responsible authorities to submit requests for the kits at MSD” said the deputy minister, adding that the medical department will continue purchasing them to strengthen provision of health services as well as care for the young babies.

The deputy minister explained that the government had received and distributed some 3,735 similar kits in 2018. He said they were disbursed to some 3,500 health centres in 109 district councils within 16 regions in the country.

The deputy added that the distribution went alongside public education awareness on how to use the kits.